[Guest post by DRJ]
Why do some women hate Sarah Palin?
That’s the subject of Mary Schmich’s article in last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. Schmich concludes women hate Palin for any of several reasons: Her politics, especially on women’s issues. Her lack of credentials. Her fractured syntax. Her cockiness and the fact that, as a woman, she’s a rarity in national politics. Because she did not “earn” her place on the national stage.
Even if true, these are reasons to oppose Sarah Palin’s candidacy but not to hate her. But Schmich answers this question when she confides how she relates “to the betrayal, insult and worry the choice of Palin as John McCain’s running mate stirs in many women.”
Betrayal, insult, worry. These are the emotions of jealousy and envy. Schmich’s description of Palin depicts her as someone it would be easy to admire or envy, depending on your inclination:
“Palin is an ambitious, smart, energetic woman, who through work, luck, pluck and, yes, a ruthless streak common to politicians, has invented an uncommonly full life.”
In other words, Palin has what many women want.
That alone might make some women jealous but I suspect what is most galling is that Palin has accomplished all this without embracing the politically correct, feminist pro-choice/nanny/single woman lifestyle. Palin is living proof that there is more than one path to marriage, motherhood, and a successful career. That must be a disheartening concept to those who view liberal feminism as the best path for women to achieve success.
So, no matter how Palin does Thursday night at the Vice Presidential debate, don’t expect liberal women to stop their crusade anytime soon.